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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Care must be taken preparing advance directives so patient's wishes are followed Living wills

The tragic case of Margot Bentley illustrates the need for living wills — which do not provide future consent — to include details on treatment, admission to a care facility and personal assistance services. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Amended definition of 'child' in Ontario brings new challenges for estate lawyers In vitro fertilization

The legal definition of “child” has changed over the years. Once only a question of biology, the definition was, naturally, expanded to adopted persons. But with the advent of reproductive technology that permits sperm, eggs and embryos to be used in the future, new issues arose. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 2:27 PM

MLT Aikins hires three associates for Winnipeg office

There are three new associates in the Winnipeg office of MLT Aikins. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

AGE-WELL network adds Vancouver facility

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is now an AGE-WELL core facility. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Morneau explains capital gains tax policy about-face

For the past two days, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been making announcements to clarify the government's proposed changes to the tax system. On day three of his public relations campaign, Morneau addressed the issue of income and capital gains. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:23 PM

B.C. reappoints Public Guardian and Trustee

The current Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) of British Columbia, Catherine Romanko will be serving in the role for a second term. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:36 PM

Ontario proposes to allow 'social investments' by charities in Bill 154 Charities invest

While the province is to be commended for launching an initiative to facilitate the access of charitable capital for social investments, charities will want to closely monitor the progress of the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act to ensure that a number of questions are addressed. ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:38 PM

Feds announce tax break for small businesses

Starting in January 2018, Canadian small business owners can expect to see their federal tax bill drop. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

'Historical' transfer of wealth to women highlights importance of estate planning Financial planning

Money-management trends from the Mad Men era, when men were the primary breadwinners and wealth managers, have been slow to change. With many women set to inherit money from their parents and spouses, it's crucial that they become more involved in family financial matters. ... [read more]

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

A lawyer’s role in estate disputes includes encouraging settlement when reasonable

Clients may think they want their estate litigator to be a shark, but with the vast majority of cases settling before trial, what they really need is someone who can effectively advocate on their behalf — and that usually means a lawyer who takes the high road. ... [read more]